H. R. Giger has passed away unexpectedly, at age 74. For the few that do not recognize the name, Giger was a surrealist artist and sculptor who applied his unique “machine/human hybrid” style of work to the design of the iconic monsters from the Alien movie franchise.
Regular readers will know that many LEGO builders have recreated creatures, scenes and vehicles from the Alien movies over the years. So it seems fitting for us to celebrate Giger’s life with some Alien-themed LEGO builds. The two shown here, by the Arvo brothers, are no doubt familiar to many of you.
But instead of reviewing a lot of older builds, I’d like to show you some completely new ones! Flickr member Missing Brick has carefully recreated memorable scenes from the 2nd movie in the franchise using customized minifigs, huge sets, creative lighting, and vehicle designs adapted from the work of fellow builders.
Click below the fold to see them all. WARNING: What follows is several pages of glorious LEGO Aliens movie scene-porn! Revel in it at your own peril, and remember to nuke the site from orbit afterwards. It’s the only way to be sure.
“Hey Bishop, do the thing with the knife!”
Aliens meets Bionicle in the latest cool creation by Kyle Peckham called Cervatus and his Power Loader. Built for the annual Bio Cup competition on MOCpages, the exosuit is designed to accommodate a 10 inch tall Bionicle figure while being fully poseable and removable from the character itself. The competition is bringing out the best of the Bionicle tribe, so check out the other entries if you have the time an inclination.
We’ve seen plenty of LEGO models inspired by the Alien universe over the years, including some lovely Ripley and xenomorph minifigs by Tyler (Legohaulic) back in 2008. Tyler’s latest LEGO upload takes him back to LV-426, this time in microscale, and with a bit more firepower.
Tyler’s APC fits inside his UD-4L Cheyenne Utility Dropship:
But look at that adorable power-loader and alien Queen!
Zemata gives us a look at the decidedly otherworldly: a creature from a planet where insects have the mastery. It’s a fantastically created diorama, with vivid colors and an interesting shape. Plus, it lights up.
Alex Kobbs (Kooberz Studios) is kicking off a new series of “BrickTube” videos featuring his signature combination of scenes inspired by movies and video games recreated with LEGO stop-motion animation. His launch video shows a scene from the new Aliens-inspired video game “Colonial Marines.”
Mihe Stonee spent 3 months making this 2′ 6″ model of the USCSS Nostromo from the movie Alien. I like the texture created from using of bent rigid tubes tacked on the tiled hull, which mimics the feature seen on the actual ship.
I can’t believe Aliens is 25 years old. I’m not sure Giovanni Tuzzi built this life-size M41A1 Pulse Rifle to celebrate the movie’s anniversary, but it’s certainly awesome.
Giovanni’s rifle includes several working functions, including triggers, cocking handle, pumping grip, and removable magazine.
Andrew Lee has set his talented hand to some aliens in the style of, well, Alien. I think that H.R. Giger would be proud.
Make sure to note the fantastic technique used on the tail (you can see it wrapping around the right side of the rock). Also note the inclusion of the tiny mouth emerging from the alien’s mouth, a detail often overlooked in Aliens creations.
That alien queen needs to be bombarded from orbit. This microscale U.S.S. Sulaco by 2×4 seems up to the job.
Kevin Fedde had this burst out recently. Watch out, it could happen to you.
Larry Lars has been on a bit of an Aliens kick lately.
His Colonial Marines APC is the latest in a long tradition of LEGO creations inspired by this awesome vehicle, but Larry’s version has some excellent turrets and sweet angles.
The Power Loader looks ready to take on the alien queen.
The concept of a dropship has always fired my imagination — especially after seeing Aliens way back when. Havoc seems to share my fascination, as demonstrated by this fantastic rendition of the UD-4L Cheyenne Utility Dropship:
Naturally, the missile pods folder into the dropship’s fuselage:
While we’re at it, here’s Havoc’s Aliens APC. Though it’s not to the same scale as the dropship, it’s still awesome: